Confidence that Comforts

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:2-3

Confidence in the Word of God brings comfort to the Christian in all kinds of trials and tribulations. The believer who knows and practices the Word of God will have personal experience of God’s faithfulness to His Word. The confidence in the Word that gives abundant comfort is gained by learning and knowing Scripture and, most importantly, by applying the Word to daily life. If you would have comfort from the Bible in times of trouble you must join careful examination of the Word with diligent effort to live out the beliefs, mindset, attitudes and behavior prescribed in Scriptures. The practiced application of the Word to life helps assure troubled hearts because the one who has been faithful to obey the Word has already learned that God is faithful to keep His Word. The time to practice is before the game begins, and the time to prepare for affliction is before the trouble begins. The believer who lives in the Word and lives out the Word will have full confidence in God when trials come.

Comfort is also found in increasing knowledge of God the Father and God the Son. Deep knowledge of the person and work of Jesus is a reservoir of refreshing comfort. Personal knowledge of who God is and what God has done is a warehouse of comfort that will supply the child of God throughout the longest season of trouble. Comfort comes from seeing God’s work, from knowing God’s presence, from experiencing God’s peace and from enjoying God’s joy. Intimate knowledge of God brings comfort that will carry the harassed heart through every dark valley.

The knowledge of God that brings rich comfort comes through Jesus. In Christ is “hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” He is the bank vault who secures for His children all the riches of God’s grace. Some of the Colossian Christians imagined spiritual knowledge was gained through conversations with angels and by entering into hidden mysteries of deep religious thought. Some Christians today imagine spiritual knowledge is gained by looking within and being true to one’s own heart. Godly knowledge has a single source- Jesus.

True wisdom and knowledge of God are hidden in Jesus. He does not hide these priceless gifts to keep people from discovering them. He hides these gifts to keep them secure for use by His children. Jesus secures His priceless treasures from the depredations of marauding theologians and the larcenies of thieving philosophers. God’s riches are not at the mercy of any who think they have discovered a new truth. Wisdom and knowledge are kept by Jesus. Wisdom and knowledge are given by Jesus to those who rely upon Him for understanding and obedience. The rich treasures of heaven that comfort the aching heart are found in Jesus. In Jesus is everything needed for the hurting Christian’s comfort in all the troubles of life.